Sophie Wilmes Wiki – Sophie Wilmes Biography
Sophie Wilmes, Belgium’s foreign minister and former premier, has been taken into intensive care suffering from Covid-19, as the country battled the second wave of infections.
She is conscious and her condition stable, her spokesman said.
Wilmes said on Saturday she had tested positive and that she had probably caught the virus from a relative rather than at work.
Alexander De Croo, who took over as Prime Minister at the start of October, said on Twitter he hoped she would recover swiftly.
She is 45 years old.
Sophie Wilmes in Intensive Care With Coronavirus
Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes tested positive for coronavirus after attending an EU summit with her counterparts last week. She led a caretaker government before stepping down as PM earlier this month.
Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, the former prime minister who led the country’s fight against coronavirus, is in intensive care with COVID-19, her office said Thursday.
Wilmes, 45, who handed the reins over to Prime Minister Alexander De Croo earlier this month and is now Belgian’s foreign minister, announced last week that she had tested positive.
She was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday. Her spokeswoman said Wilmes is in a “stable” condition and conscious and that her “condition is not worrying.”
“She is conscious and she can communicate,” her spokeswoman said.
The announcement of Wilmes’ positive test came after she attended a face-to-face summit with her fellow EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on October 12. Her Austrian counterpart, Alexander Schallenberg, has also tested positive for COVID-19.
She did not mention the summit when announcing her positive test last Saturday, instead of saying she thought she got infected within her family circle.
Husband and Children
In May 2009, Wilmès married Chris Stone, an Australian businessman, and former footballer. They have three daughters: Victoria, Charlotte, and Elizabeth. Stone has a son, Jonathan, from a previous relationship.
On 17 October 2020, she tweeted that she is COVID-19-positive. On 22 October, she was admitted to intensive care in a stable condition. The COVID-19 pandemic in Belgium is one of the worst in Europe.